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Ebony Wins Mahogany 2nd Year in a Row!

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on June 4, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (4)

 Hi Mahogany Family!

What an awesome tournament! Great turn out, stiff competition, growing number of juniors and, of course, that Mahogany Classic Family Atmosphere!

CONGRATS to Ebony Racquet Club for winning the coveted First Place Team Trophy for the second year in a row! And KUDOS to the Magic Express Tennis Club of Durham, NC for clenching the second place team trophy!

Here are the final team results:

1. Ebony Racquet Club – Raleigh, NC – 78 Points

2. Magic Express Tennis Club – Durham, NC – 31 Points

3. Wizards Tennis Association - Fayetteville, NC – 11 Points

4. Gold City Acers – Goldsboro, NC – 9 Points

5. Greenville Tennis Association – Greenville, NC – 8 Points

6. Seagulls Tennis Club - Wilmington, NC – 2 Points

 We encourage you to join one (or all) of our family Facebook groups and pages listed below! You can share your Mahogany photos, and any comments or suggestions. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated as we will use it to improve next year’s tournament to be hosted in 2017 by the Wizards Tennis Association of Fayetteville, North Carolina!

Mahogany Tennis Class (Facebook Group)

Ebony Racquet Club (Facebook Page)

Ebony Racquet Club Players (Facebook Group)


Links / Upcoming events:

•June 24, 2016 - Ebony Racquet Club 2nd Annual Adult Singles Tournament:

•Click Here to register via TennisLink or call Deno for more info at: (919) 771-5922.

•July 8th-10th, 2016 - The Harvey C. Jenkins, Sr. Annual Tennis Classic - Hosted by the Wizards Tennis Association in Fayetteville, NC.

•Click Here to view tournament flyer.

•Click Here to register via TennisLink or email: [email protected]

•September 16-18, 2016 - The Ebony Racquet Club Junior Futures Tournament L5:

•Click Here to register via TennisLink or call Deno for more info at: (919) 771-5922.



ERC Wins The Mahogany Tennis Classic Championship!

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on May 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

ERC Wins The Mahogany Tennis Classic Championship in Greenville NC!

2015 Mahagany Team Results

Ebony Racquet Club - Raleigh, NC: 54

Greenville Tennis Association - Greenville, NC: 25

Magic Express - Durham, NC: 20

Gold-City Acers - Goldsboro, NC: 20

Wizards Tennis Association - Fayetteville, NC: 7

Wilmington Seagulls Tennis Association - Wilmington, NC: 6


Ebony Racquet Club Meets Venus Williams

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on April 17, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 4:00pm

Ebony Racquet Club Meets Tennis Star Venus Williams

International Tennis Champion Venus Williams visited Love All Tennis store in Cary, NC on Monday, April 13, 2015. Love All Tennis hosted this event where tennis fans flocked from all over to get one of the 200 ‘Golden Tickets’! One of the 200 tickets was given to anyone who purchased any item from Venus’ fitness clothing line called EleVen by Venus Williams. Venus spent approximately 2 hours signing autographs and taking photos. She was extremely poised and attentive as she took time with each and every fan – sharing her beautiful smile and positive, winning attitude.

There were many ERC adults, juniors and parents in attendance! What an exciting day for Ebony Racquet Club!  Click here for more photos.

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Lamar Gilchrist is ERC 2nd Quarter Scholar Student!

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on April 15, 2015 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Lamar Gilchrist

6th Grade

Age 11

Carnage Middle School

Please join us in honoring Lamar Gilchrist! Lamar has been selected as our 2nd Quarter Student of the Month for maintaining an A average for two consecutive quarters!

Lamar is a competitive tennis player for Ebony Junior Team Tennis where he has exhibited excellence both on and off the court.

Lamar won the Raleigh Consolation prize in the Boys 12 category in November (2014)! Then went on to win the Raleigh Boys 12 Championship in December (2014)!

Lamar is an alumni of Bugg Elementary where he currently serves as a Junior Coach. Lamar helps Coach the 7-time Champion, Bugg Elementary Ballhandlers Team every Wednesday.

Lamar loves to play basketball! He also enjoys swimming and running track. He is in the Academically Gifted (AG) class at Carnage Middle School. Lamar’s dream is to be a professional basketball player or a computer programmer. He is a member of the Raleigh Rocket track team. Lamar is known for his kind and gentle soul and his eagerness to help others as much as he can. He even helps assist the children at Bugg Elementary with homework every day.

Congratulations Lamar! You are our 2nd Quarter Student of the Month! We are so very proud of you!



Posted by ebonyracquetclub on May 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Ebony Racquet Club participated in the Mahogany Classic Tournament that was held at Elmira Park in Durham, North Carolina during the Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-25). The Mahogany Tennis Classic is made up several historically African-American tennis clubs (listed below) and the tournament is held each year at one of the participating Club locations.


The Teams

1. Magic Express Tennis Club – Durham, NC – Champion w/39 pts

2. Ebony Racquet Club – Raleigh, NC – Finalist w/35 pts

3. Wizards Tennis Association – Fayetteville, NC – 19 pts

4. Gold City Acers – Raleigh, NC – 16 pts

5. Greenville Tennis Association – Greenville, NC – 9 pts

6. Seagulls Tennis Club – Wilmington, NC – 7 pts


Ebony Racquet Club had several junior and adult division finalists and champions who received trophies for their wins in both the doubles and singles categories! (listed below)


Ebony Racquet Club Juniors

1. Boys 12 and Under Singles: Naven McDonald-Finalist

2. Boys 13 and Over Singles: Brooks Campbell -Champion

3. Girls12 Under Singles:

Jade Houston-Champion

Reagan Harris-Finalist

4. Boys 13 & Over Doubles: Brooks Campbell/Moses Wright-Champions

5. Girls 13 & Over Doubles: Brenna Bryant/Nija Price-Champions


Ebony Racquet Club Adult Division

1. Men's Open Singles: Princeton Perry-Finalist

2. Mixed Doubles 7.5: Deno John/Eric Emmanual-Champions

3. Ladies Doubles: Evelyn Foster/Tara LaFaure-Finalist


The Ebony Racquet Club Youth and Adult members enjoyed participating in the Mahogany Tennis Tournament during the Memorial Day Weekend! Kudos to all the members and their families who participated in this great event!

May 2014 Student of the Month - Britt "BJ" Mobley

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on May 2, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Britt Edwardo Lamont Mobley, II, a.k.a. “BJ” is a member of the Ebony Junior Tennis team and is an excellent tennis player, who is our Featured  Student of the Month.

BJ is a sixth grade student who attends East Millbrook Middle School where he is a member of the Green Club, Science Olympiad, Student Council and plays Double Bass in the Beginning String Orchestra.   BJ also plays piano and loves gospel music.

He was an outstanding honor A/B Honor Roll student for the 1st and 2nd quarter and achieved A Honor Roll status with straight A’s for the 3rd nine weeks.  His teacher nominated him for the International Baccalaureate Student of the Month for his outstanding leadership skills.

BJ was recently selected to participate in the Marbles Stem Play Corps Program because of his interest in science and he aspires to become an astronomer.

He and his family attend Living Word Family Church in Wake Forest, where is participates in the Royal Rangers Program that focuses the transitioning development of boys to men in a Christ like and fun atmosphere.

Hats off and Congratulations to Britt "BJ" Mobley!!!

April 2014 Student of the Month - Michael Spears

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on April 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Mr. Michael Spears is a 16 year old Jordan High School who was a recent recipient of the Duke University's student of the month award.  He  displays excellence in the classroom as well as  on the basketball and tennis courts.  Michael is a high academic achiever  who excels in math and has a a GPA of 4.6  As a academic scholar he aspired to attend Yale, Princeton or Harvard University after completing his high school education. 

His parents, are Mr. Mrs. Spears and they are very proud parents and are members of our Ebony Racquet Club of Raleigh.
Congratulation Michael, we are very proud of your success.

See article below from the Herald Sun or click link to print.


Duke University’s Student of the Month: Jordan student aims for Yale, Princeton

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Gregory Childress

Michael Spears is talented on and off the court. Ultimately, he is aiming to win an academic scholarship.

James Hopkins, assistant principal at Jordan High School, did a double-take when he saw Michael Spears sitting in a conference room near the principal’s office that’s usually reserved for students who have gotten in trouble.

But Spears, a 16 year-old junior who plays power forward on the school’s basketball team, hadn’t broken any rules.

He was in the conference reserved for rule breakers for a very different reason -- to be interviewed by a reporter because he’s been an exemplary student.

“Spears, everything straight?” Hopkins asked, peering into the conference room.

When told Spears had been named the school district’s Student of the Month for January, Hopkins breathed a sigh of relief.

“I knew it had to be for something good,” Hopkins said. “This is the bad office, so it was real peculiar to see Mike sitting in here.”

Spears, who sports a 4.6 weighted grade-point average, had just enjoyed one of his best outings on the basketball court, scoring 17 points against rivals Hillside High School in an 89-77 victory.

In addition to basketball, Spears is an aspiring tennis player and has been practicing piano for about six years.

“I was more surprised that they picked me out of all the other smart kids at this school,” Spears said.

While all smiles about his play and the Falcons win against Hillside, Spears believes there’s an academic scholarship in his future rather than an athletic one.

“I want an academic scholarship, and I was looking at some Ivy League schools,” Spears said.

He said his schools of choice are Princeton and Yale, where he plans to pursue a degree in business. He’s also expressed interested in Duke and Stanford universities.

Spears recently learned that he is a math finalist to attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina, an honor of which his principal, Jerome Leathers, who nominated him for Student of the Month and his parents, Herman Spears and Nancy Lee Spears are especially proud.

“My wife and I are very proud of how he has put forth his best effort with regard to his academics,” Herman spears said. “We know he is a dedicated student.”

Michael Spears is an avid chess player and taught kids chess at the Durham Arts Council to play while volunteering there last summer.

He also tutors members of the basketball team.

“We are proud of him as a human being and at his humbleness,” Herman Spears said. “We know God has given him a special gift and he’s chosen to use it.”

Michael Spears said his parents were his early motivators but he now pushes himself to earn good grades.

“I’m a hard worker and pretty much self-motivated and I’m curious,” Spears said. “[My parents] pushed me early on, but I don’t really need them now to be right there [all of the time].”


Duke University and its Office of Durham and Regional Affairs are proud to sponsor Duke University’s Durham Student of the Month. The Office of Durham and Regional Affairs strives to broaden and strengthen engagement with Durham and the Research Triangle region. Visit community.duke. edu to learn more about the office’s educational outreach, neighborhood quality of life and economic development initiatives.

: 16
GPA: 4.6
School: C.E. Jordan High School
Favorite Book: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Favorite Music: Hip hop

Ebony Jr Team Tennis Finish Impressive Season!

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Ebony Jr Team Tennis Finish Impressive Season!

By Ms Calla Wright, Parent & Supporter

Updated 8:13 PM EDT, Tue Nov 19, 2013


Ebony Tornados

The Ebony Racquet Club Junior Members have had an exceptional tennis season playing USTA Jr Team tennis this fall. Our tennis players practiced each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings to polish up their skills to include practicing volleys, foot work and other tennis drills.

Our 10-year old junior team members are also known as “Ebony Tornados” and they are coached by our highly skilled and talented Coach K (Keisha Price), Coach Femi Perry and Coach Chris Brown. Our Ebony

Tornados members are: Naven McDonald, London Dunston, Jordan Brown, Ethan Brown and Preston Kennedy.

Our great tennis champs finished the season with 7 wins and no losses. Hats off to our “EBONY Tornados!”


Ebony Hurricanes

The Ebony Hurricanes are our 12-year old tennis players who are UNDEFEATED TENNIS CHAMPS! These fine young players had a winning season that included 6 wins and no losses! Our Ebony Hurricanes showcased their magnificent tennis skills on the court by ranking 2nd in the End of Season USTA Jr Team Tennis Tournament.

The team members are: Myles Parker, Ahmad Whitaker, Zorriah Raynor, Naomi Thombs, Leila Tucker, BJ Mobley, Jaalen Brown, LeQuon Gilcrist, Jayce Gaither. Way to go, Ebony Hurricanes!


Ebony Thunderz

Our 14-year old energetic and powerful group of tennis players are our “ Ebony Thunderz.” These fine young people have had a dynamic tennis season with 5 wins and 1 loss. Our members are: Moses Wright, Nija Price, Junious Whitaker, Emmanuel Thombs, Alexander Scott, Stewart Scott, Brenna Bryant, Dylan Dodson.

Our talented tennis teams have displayed great courage, fortitude, commitment, perseverance and a high level of tennis skills during the season. Continue to remain focus as we move forward to the next level!

Thank You For Attending ERC Youth Tennis Awards Banquet

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on November 12, 2013 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Friends,


Thank you so much for attending the First Annual Ebony Racquet Club Youth Tennis Awards Banquet at North Carolina State University on Saturday, November 9, 2013! We hope you've enjoyed our event. Also, thanks to all who were unable to join us but sent many well wishes.


We are proud to have been able to bring together such a diverse group of people who share the love of tennis and respect the positive influence the sport has on our children. We are thankful for the unique opportunity to interact with men and women who have dedicated so much of their time to growing our tennis community.


As you know, the Ebony Racquet Club strives to provide a venue, programs and activities for all to enjoy tennis as a lifetime family sport. So we hope you will visit us at www.EbonyRacquetClub.com to see banquet photos and to find out about upcoming events.


Thank you again for being part of such a wonderful experience. There is nothing more powerful than when this community comes together to share ideas, stories, and history. We are so happy to have you as part of the Ebony Racquet Club family.



Ebony Racquet Club Board Members

Ebony Kids dominating JTT League Play

Posted by ebonyracquetclub on October 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to ALL our youth tennis teams for playing so well in this year's Junior Team Tennis League (JTTL)!

The Tornados <10 & Under> are now 5 & 0!

The Hurricanes <12 & Under> are also 5 & 0!

and The Thunderz <14 & Under> are 4 & 1!